PRESS RELEASE — Connections Concerts Series


Concert Pianist Sophie Lippert announces the launch of a new music series, “Connections Concerts,” featuring local performers and promising unique concert experiences.

PORTLAND, OR — Connections Concerts is proud to announce a new music series which features eight unique concert experiences showcased at a variety of Portland venues. The season opens with Paradigm, on June 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm at The Little Church in NE Portland, which features Miguel Medina and concert founder Sophie Lippert, and promotional visual art by local artist, Beth Lorio.

Connections Concerts is the brainchild of noted concert pianist and powerhouse performer, Sophie Lippert, solo pianist with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Olympia Symphony. The monthly series will feature artists from different genres, who will not only perform their music, but will invite the audience into conversations with them. As an added feature, each concert will feature the art of a local artist in its promotional materials, and swag bags from local businesses for VIP patrons.

“My deepest fulfillment comes from connecting people more deeply to themselves, their work, their communities, and their purpose.” says Lippert. “I am passionate about using music as a medium of connection, and making music more accessible, approachable, and engaging. These concerts will incorporate conversations and group exploration into the experience of live music.”

The first concert of the series, Paradigm, will include Lippert playing both piano and cello, and renowned local artist, craftsman and musician Miguel Medina on flute, handpan, and vocals. Lippert and Medina will share stage and stories, performing both solo and in collaboration. Audiences should expect a rich evening of classical and jazz piano, flute and ceremonial song, original compositions as well as surprise appearances from guests that will appear on future concerts. Refreshments will also be available from local artisan and chocolate maker Kristina Pescatore.

“My hope is that people will leave feeling more connected both to the music and to the people who shared the evening with them. All are welcome to join us for a rich evening that celebrates music, community and connection as we set the stage for something new and different. I look forward to seeing lots of new faces on June 30th for Paradigm.”

The 2019-2020 Season

Connection Concert Series presents: PARADIGM  
WHEN : JUNE 30 2019
The Little Church — 5138 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
Featuring Sophie Lippert and Miguel Medina
Featured Visual Artist:
Beth Lorio

Connection Concert Series presents: PERCOLATION
WHEN: JULY 28 2019
The Little Church — 5138 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
Featuring Max Ribner, Saeeda Wright, Courtney Freed, Saffire Bouchelion, and Liz Kohl
Featured Visual Artist: Shanita King

Connection Concert Series presents: POWER
The Old Church — 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Featuring Amenta Abioto, Marina Albero, Sophie Lippert
Featured Visual Artist: Tashina Suzuki

Connection Concert Series presents: PASSION
Classic Pianos — 3003 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
Featuring Paula Byrne, Tim Gilson, Sophie Lippert
Featured Visual Artist: Emily Kepulis

Connection Concert Series presents: PULSE
The Old Church — 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Featuring Joe Kye, Niema Lightseed, Sophie Lippert
Featured Visual Artist: Erica Mitchell

Connection Concert Series presents: PARTY
WHEN: MARCH 29 2020

Connection Concert Series presents: PURPOSE

Connections Concert Series presents: PEACE(out)
WHEN: JUNE 7 2020
The Old Church — 1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201

$15 STUDENT (with valid student ID)
$5 ARTS FOR ALL (with valid ID)


Note to Journalists: Sophie Lippert is available for print, online, and broadcast interviews. If you would like more information on this event or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Sophie Lippert at or by calling (206) 484-8846

About the Connections Concert Series 2019-2020 season:
In its inaugural season, Connections Concerts, a professional concert series based in Portland, Oregon, creates unique monthly music experiences featuring some of Portland finest musicians sharing songs and facilitated conversation. Each concert showcases 2-5 performers from diverse musical genres. Under the direction of Sophie Lippert, Connections Concerts offers an exciting, connective concert experience incorporating music and conversation. Shows feature a multi-cultural lineup, with musicians performing solo and collaborating in realms of classical, jazz, pop, folk, blues, and beyond. A proud recipient of a 2019 RACC Project Grant, Connections Concerts open a dialogue about the WHY behind music, the WHY behind community, the WHY behind arts education — and how open, accepting listening can and will change the world. Join the conversation!

For more information:
Facebook: /connectionsconcerts
Hashtag: #connectionsconcerts

About Artistic Director Sophie Lippert:
Sophie Lippert
is founder of Connections Concerts Series and a professional classical pianist. She has been featured on stage with some of the Northwest's finest ensembles (Seattle Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic) and musicians (Joe Kye, Max Ribner, Saeeda Wright). She is a lauded performer, event host, and facilitator, praised for her talent, precision, sensitivity, deep presence, and impeccable technique and musicality. She received her degree in piano performance from Rice University, is the winner of dozens of classical music awards, and will appear as soloist performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Olympia Symphony in February 2020. Along with her work as both a solo and collaborative performer, Sophie is also a beloved piano teacher for adults and kids, and a passionate writer, entrepreneur, and consultant. Her years of owning Vibrant Studios and heading a Community Business Collective have made her a skilled facilitator and cultivator of community, and she is now delighted to direct that energy into creating connective, multicultural live music experiences. Read more information about Sophie Lippert at